Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 108-103 victory over Toronto Raptors
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan documents the Lakers' struggles on the boards in their 108-103 victory Friday over the Toronto Raptors.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr noticed the Lakers initially lacked effort.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen explains how the Lakers managed to win despite getting outrebounded.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the Lakers' inconsistency.
--The Toronto Star's Frank Zicarelli examines the Raptors' mental toughness.
--The Times' Bresnahan reports former Lakers center and special assistant coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar likes the Lakers' chances in three-peating.
--The Orange County Register's Carr highlights Matt Barnes' progression.
--NBA.com's Bryan Chu focuses on the Lakers' inconsistency.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen details Luke Walton's return to the lineup.
--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus breaks down a few nuggets from the Lakers-Raptors game.
--The Daily News' Teaford details the heavy load Lakers forward Pau Gasol has had to carry during the first part of the regular season.
--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner ranks Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the top of the league MVP list.
--Bloomberg Businessweek Ira Boudway breaks down where the money for a Lakers-Heat ticket is distributed.
--The Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk points to the Raptors' 21 turnovers as making a difference.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin presents some interesting nuggets from the game.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears highlights Gasol's heavy minutes.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz breaks down the Lakers' offense.
--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine showcases some interesting details surrounding Bryant's Call of Duty commercial
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues the Lakers appeared disinterested in the game.
--Lakers Nation's Ramneet Singh breaks down each quarter.
Tweet of the Day: "If you saw bad Laker defense tonight, so did Phil J: "We have to get that in order. We’ve been giving up 100 points almost all the time.”" -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan)
Reader Comment of the Day:"This game was a defensive flop. Most disappointing was the ease with which the Raptors penetrated the paint. The starters have not yet demonstrated they can defend the paint well enough to handle either the Heat or Celtics without Bynum!" -- ross
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Photo: Lakers starters Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher congratulate reserve guards Steve Blake (5) and Shannon Brown (12) in the closing moments of a 108-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on Friday night. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times